Posts Tagged ‘White Mountains’

Plan now for inn-to-inn Spring Herb Tour

May 2, 2010

The Admiral Peary House, in Fryeburg, is participating in the Spring Herb Tour. (Admiral Peary House photo)

The Country Inns in the White Mountains‘ second annual Inn to Inn Spring Herb Tour is slated June 5 and 6, with 13 inns in Maine and New Hampshire participating. Each inn will focus on one herb, and tour guests can sample fare made with that herb and collect a recipe or two. The tour is split, with seven inns highlighted June 5, and the remaining six on June 6.

Lodging packages are available, with rates beginning at $99/double, for one night, $178 double, for two nights, including herb-themed breakfast and tour tickets. Some packages also include a five-course herb-themed dinner.

Tour-only tickets will be sold May 11-25 and are $20 per person.

Saturday, June 5:

Bartlett Inn in Bartlett , featuring rosemary

Inn at Ellis River in Jackson featuring oregano

Inn at Jackson in Jackson featuring tarragon

The 1785 Inn in Intervale featuring mint

Glen Oaks Inn in Intervale featuring basil

Wildflowers Inn in North Conway featuring parsley

Old Red Inn & Cottages in North Conway featuring chives

Sunday, June 6:

Admiral Peary House in Fryeburg, Maine featuring hops

Eastman Inn in North Conway featuring lavender

Darby Field Inn in Albany featuring caraway

Riverbend Inn in Chocorua featuring cumin

Inn at Crystal Lake and Pub in Eaton featuring sage

Brass Heart Inn in Chocorua featuring lemon thyme

Winter wake-up in Bethel

January 20, 2010

Tucked in the folds of western Maine’s snowy White Mountains, Bethel is idyllic anytime—think ivy-covered prep school, historical homes, white steepled churches, and country inns—but in winter, it’s an especially cozy retreat. Normally rather sleepy, it wakes from hibernation for WinterFest, Jan. 23-31.

This year’s events and activities include:

guided snowshoe tours at the Bethel Nordic Ski Center at the Bethel Inn Resort,

• a snowmobile uphill climb at Mt. Abram,

Old-Timers Nordic Ski Race at Carter’s XC Ski Center,

• a rail jam-competition on Bethel’s Lower Main Street,

• An 80’ by 195’ outdoor ice skating rink, a 90 square foot snow maze, and a snow sculpture playground, all free.

hot-air balloon ascents and a moon glow,

snow sculptures and ice carvings,

snow groomer rides and horse-drawn sleigh rides,

• a full-moon Nordic relay, full-moon snowshoe hike, and biathlon clinic (skiing and shooting) at the Bethel Nordic Ski Center.

• all sorts of competitions, including a double-hike-and-ski marathon..

Complementing the event is The Bethel Historical Society’s exhibit, “Celebrating the Skiing Heritage of the Bethel Area,” which will be open with free admission.  The exhibit has photos, artifacts, and ski equipment from the early years of Mt. Abram Ski Area and Sunday River Ski Resort.

And of course, both Sunday River and Mount Abram have all kinds of happenings, too.

The Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce has info on local lodgings with special WinterFest packages and just about everything else.

(Hey, and trust me on this, don’t miss the Orange Trailer BBQ joint or the cookies at Cafe DiCocoa).